Friday Flash October 27, 2017

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centerville elementary

Friday Flash   

Volume 23 Issue 7

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Message from the Principal....


Dear Centerville Parents,

The cold weather this week reminds us that a Minnesota winter is just around the corner. Time to get out all that winter gear! At Centerville our expectation is that when students arrive to school they are dressed appropriately for winter weather. Please see the expectations below for students at each grade level:

  • Grades K-2: Warm coats, hats, gloves/mittens, snow pants and snow boots. 
  • Grades 3-5: Warm coats, hats, gloves/mittens and snow boots.  

***Please note that any child that doesn’t have snow boots will need to stay on the blacktop during recess.

Please remember to label all of your child’s gear, no matter the child’s grade level, so that if it ends up in the lost and found that it can be returned.

We strongly believe that children need the time to play outside as much as possible for physical and social purposes. Educating and creating a great environment for students to learn is our number one priority. When kids don’t dress appropriately for the weather and come inside wet, it does get in the way of their learning. We appreciate your support of your child by having them dress appropriately for the weather.

 Wayne Whitwam

Elementary Principal

upcoming events



Saddle up and get ready for our 2017 Fall Book Fair
November 15 – November 21

 11/15 – 9am-6pm

11/16 – 10am-5pm

11/17 – 10am-5pm

11/20 – 10am-5pm

11/21 – 9am-6pm


We are always looking for more volunteers to help with the book fair.

 Below is a link if you would like to sign up to help.


Art Adventure Volunteers Needed

 The Art Adventure program at Centerville Elementary is currently seeking volunteers.  We need “Picture People” to help present works of art to CVE students. The Minneapolis Institute of Art (MIA) offers parent volunteers training and materials on specific works of art, this is usually one morning or evening in November. During the month of January 2018, parents then present the art to CVE students in their classrooms.   We will work around your schedule the best we can, and try to pair parents with their own kids’ classrooms – in most cases this means 1 to 1.5 hours, once a week for the month of January. 

 This valuable program—now in its 21st year here at CVE—needs parent volunteers for another successful year.  This year’s theme is How People Lived and will certainly spark lots of insights and discussion from the children.  The kids LOVE this program, they look forward to it every year and there is no sweeter sound than the “ooohs” and “aaaahs” when we show them the art we brought in that day.  If you want to see Art Adventure in action please check out this website:

 Please consider being a part of the Art Adventure program here at CVE.  If you are interested or would like more information, contact Gretchen Tieu at or 651-283-6673.

CPTA Minutes From 10/17


The Direct Drive Campaign brought Centerville's CPTA $17,704.  Thank you so much for all who donated.  This will help Centerville Elementary in so many ways.

Please be aware that more information will be coming out later regarding those students that earned the limo ride.

Also, CONGRATULATIONS to Mrs. Manning's class for bringing in the most donations.  Their class has earned a pizza party.

Recess Runners - Fall 2017

The weather cooperated with us this year and students in grades 1-5 who participated in our Fall Recess Runners program ran an amazing 13,464 laps! That is the equivalent of 2,244 miles! Students smashed last fall’s record by over 600 miles. So many laps were run that we ran out of toe tokens and had to put in a rush order! Thank you to our many volunteers who handed out stickers and counted out hundreds of toe tokens. We could not offer this program without you! Students who ran 10 miles or more earned themselves the coveted “Cougar Paw”. Congratulations!

10 Mile Cougar Paw Winners

Community Education

Science Exploration (gr. K-5)  *After school at Centerville!

Participate in hands-on science fun.  Topics to include:  theoretical understanding of dinosaurs, weather as related to the water cycle and wind, robotic programming, and basics of lift via Ornithopter design.  Class is held Tuesdays after school at Centerville beginning Nov. 21.

 NEW!  Paint on Canvas Reindeer Games (ages 5-12)

Get in the holiday spirit and paint the most famous reindeer of all.  Students will receive step-by-step instructions and a real canvas board for painting.  Class is being held Sat., Dec. 9, 9 am- 12 pm, CHS East Room 111.

Private Voice Lessons (ages 10+)

Whether it’s improving or learning to enjoy singing or becoming more comfortable with your voice, focus on your singing in a one-on-one setting.  Select your preferred ½ hour lesson time.  New session begins Nov. 6.


Confident Sitter (ages 11+)

Learn skills to be a confident babysitter. Prepare for potential emergency situations with an overview of choking and basic first aid specific to infants and children. Discover personal strengths and challenges as they relate to caring for children. Discussions and demonstrations provide an overview on how to interact positively with children, manage challenging behaviors, prepare meals and snacks, and diaper and bottle feeding.  Class is held Sat., Nov. 4.

Digital Backpack corner image

Welcome to the Digital Backpack, the district’s central posting place for community flyers.  If you have questions regarding these programs, please contact the organizations directly. 

What’s happening:

The Woodbury Chorus & Orchestra- Centennial Community Food Shelf Powerpack Program

Cub Scouts- Pack 692

Centennial High School Band Boosters Holiday Bazaar

Little Goblins Party- City of Lino Lakes

Gobbler Games- City of Lino Lakes

Centennial Wrestling- (ages pre-K-8th gr.)


Click HERE to browse the Digital Backpack.